Intention: That we may nurture a culture of vocation that invites and inspires all people to discern how to live their lives as their best and truest selves.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 8:34-9:1
Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
He also said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the Kingdom of God has come in power.”
From the Sixth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Your zeal must go so far in this that to achieve it, you are ready to give your very life, so dear to you are the children entrusted to you.
Eternal Father, your Son spoke to us of the need to let go of those things that hold us or each other back from you. Teach us how to empty ourselves of those things that we cling to in weakness or in ignorance. Help us to find the courage to live your truth wherever we are, especially in the face of unrest and injustice. May our works speak to all of our faith in you and hope for our world. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.